Is underlayment needed?

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Old 03-10-19, 09:10 PM
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Is underlayment needed?

I would like to install laminate wood flooring in my dining room and living room. The original hardwood flooring is already there and is in good shape. Sanding it would cause a real mess which is why I would like to install over it. It would be the floating type.
Can I install right over it without an underlayment?
Can you recommend a good company who sells it?
 
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Old 03-10-19, 09:54 PM
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No way would I install crappy laminate over good, solid hardwood.

If you insist, follow the installation instructions for the laminate in order to not void the warranty.
 
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Old 03-25-19, 06:38 PM
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When you have a wife, young child and two dogs all living in a small house it became clear that I didn't want dust, that is the reason.
 
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Old 03-26-19, 01:35 AM
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The original hardwood flooring is already there and is in good shape.
I second the comment about covering up a good floor. Ultimately you are spending money that is just being wasted, laminate flooring is really crappy stuff and most people are not happy with the flooring post install.

I can fully understand the inconvenience of sanding and staining the existing floor but it's a short lived experience and you will survive!

You will also be very happy once it's complete that you made the right decision!
 
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Old 03-26-19, 03:39 AM
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I also don't like covering up a nice floor. I repaired appliances for many years and went into homes with that flooring and hated it.
 
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Old 03-26-19, 06:45 AM
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I planned my floor refinishing around a time I knew I'd be out of town for a week on vacation.
I have to agree, with the other posters about laminate.
 
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